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Syria finalises list of candidates for presidential election in May

Syria finalises list of candidates for presidential election in May

The high constitutional court has notified parliament that 44 Syrians have so far submitted their names ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, according to the official SANA news agency.

Syria’s parliament was due to meet Wednesday to finalise the list of candidates in next month’s presidential election, which is expected to return Bashar al-Assad for a fourth term.

The high constitutional court has notified parliament that 44 Syrians have so far submitted their names ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, according to the official SANA news agency.

They still need to garner support from at least 35 members of the 250-seat parliament, which is dominated by Assad’s Baath party and with lawmakers only allowed to endorse one candidate.

The May 26 election would be the second to be held since the start of a 10-year-long conflict that has killed more than 388,000 people and forced more than half of Syria’s pre-war population from their homes.

With the exception of Assad, who has been in power for 21 years, the contenders are mostly little-known figures who are unlikely to mount a serious challenge.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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